Sunday, June 30, 2013

June


One thing about farm living-- there is never a point when you are truly finished with a task that will never have to be done again.  During the summer it seems that weeding, trimming, cutting, gleaning, thinning, etc. never seems to end.  



At this time of the summer the mulberries are ripening and so are the raspberries. The strawberries have also been giving us luscious fruit -- nothing sweeter than a fresh strawberry.   The grapes are growing and should bring in a great harvest this September.  Our garden is thriving and the vegetables have become well established, but so have the weeds.  I have been trying to get them under control.  During the last two weeks it has rained enough to cause serious flooding around us, the garden is a sodden pit, making it hard to finish the task of weeding. 

The ducks, geese, and chickens are doing well.  The geese have hatched another gosling who is thriving and gives us hope that it might reach adulthood.  Unfortunately, the incubator died and we lost over 30 viable duck eggs.  The manufacturer sent us another machine, with only the cost of the postage. Yay!  


I have loved having visitors here at the farm and the summer is not even 1/2 over.  I still have a number of folks who are planning us here.  Are you one of them??


Enjoy the pictures.  
Sending love and kisses from our beautiful views,
xoxoxo


Monday, June 3, 2013

From "to-do" to done

This weekend was very busy--most weekends are on the farm.  Arliss and I tag-teamed the mowing and were able to get 2/3 of it done in just over 3 hours, my best record yet.  
We bought roofing materials to re-roof the chicken/duck coop.  Which Hubby and the boys worked on today.  The cows have been released into the middle pasture.  The soybeans have been planted. The hay fields have been cut and after drying for a full day, are now being raked.  
Arliss and I planted cucumbers, watermelon, and pumpkins, put up the hammock and took care of all of the various birds. 
We have 6 geese and 7 ducks that are a year old, 17 chickens that are about 5 weeks old, 3 Rouen ducks that we are caring for while their owners are on vacation, and then 40+ eggs, either in the incubator or in the nest of our geese. Oh, we also have 3 ducklings and 1 gosling that we hatched.  
Whew!  
After church on Sunday I came home and cut the grass on the west side of the driveway.  Travis will finish up mowing around the garden once the coop roof is finished.  Hubby finished planting the garden this week. We have beans, tomatoes, peas, corn, and carrots growing in there now.  

Overall, it's been a full week.  I'm grateful for sleep every night and thankful as well, for summer break.  

As always, I have included pictures. 

Sending love and tired, but contented kisses from the farm,
oxoxo